Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal, divided by the River Douro. One of the most attractive cities, it makes every traveller consider extending their stay. Take a stroll through the historical neighbourhood of Ribeira, lose yourself walking along the narrow streets lined with charming cafés and boutiques. Don’t forget to explore the architectural wonders around the city, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Luiz I Bridge and the Monastery of Serra do Pilar. As the days pass in Porto, savour delicious local dishes and slowly take in the city’s beauty to truly enjoy the impressive attractions.
Best time to visit: The best time to visit Porto is May-June or September-October. Since Porto has a walking culture, these months are ideal for city exploration.
By Air: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is the closest airport that serves both international and domestic flights. The airport has metro and bus services that link it to the city. The airport is approximately 10 km from the city’s centre.
By Train: Since Porto is one of the major cities in Portugal, there are two main railway stations. São Bento Station is right in the heart of the city. From this station, the trains operate to the northern part of the country, like Braga, Viana do Castelo, and Douro. On the other hand, Campanha Train Station mainly focuses on trains that run to the southern part of the country, like Lisbon and neighbouring countries in Europe.
By Road: Getting to Porto by bus is a convenient and cheaper alternative for travellers. The city has two bus terminals. The Park of the Carmelitas bus terminal is located near the São Bento Station. The Casa da Musica bus terminal is located closer to the city centre.
The public transport around Porto is well connected. Although the city has a good walking culture, some sites are too far so it is a good idea to use the public transport system. At Porto, you can get the Porto Card and the Andante Card. The former is a pass for sightseeing, which, along with unlimited use of public transport, gives discounts or free entry to some of the attractions. The Andante Tour Card enables you to use the city buses and metro in Porto for free. However, this card is valid for select number of days.